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The 101 Books Spring Giveaway!

In the last year or so, I’ve given away several books on this blog, as a way of saying thank you to 101 Books readers.

Today, let’s do it again!

Last time, I gave away one book to two different winners. This time, I thought I’d give away TWO books to ONE reader!

Which books? You can choose from any of the first 42 books I’ve read on the Time list. Any of them—even the big ones, like Infinite Jest. It’s your choice.

I’ll assign each comment a number, randomly select (using this website) one winner, and ship the books, at my cost. I’ve shipped to Edinburgh before so I’m happy to ship overseas.

How do you enter?

To enter the contest, all you have to do is answer this question in the comments: What are you reading right now? If you aren’t reading a book right, now, what was the last book you read?

You have until 6 p.m. on Sunday to answer the question. And that’s 6 p.m. U.S. Central Time. I’ll announce the winner on Monday. So go for it.

What are you reading right now?

Note: You can comment more than once, but I’ll only count your first comment as an entry. 

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  1. I’m reading “Guernica” by Dave Boling. So far it’s pretty good, but I just started it. (By the way, I just ran across this blog yesterday, and I’m loving it! Keep up the good work!)

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    May 11, 2012
  2. Reading The Immortalists by Kyle Mills.

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    May 11, 2012
  3. I’m reading “The Marais Assassin” by Claude Izner

    What a fantastic idea Robert – & very generous of you.

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    May 11, 2012
  4. I am reading “Carte Blanche”, the latest James Bond novel by Jeffery Deaver.
    Not too good so far, unfortunately. But I have to do something to gap the few months until October or November when the new James Bond film will come out in cinemas.

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    May 11, 2012
  5. Siuon #

    I am reading Full Dark, No Stars, the latest collection of Stephen King’s novellas.

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    May 11, 2012
  6. I’m reading Game of Thrones by George R. R. Martin. I hope to complete the series A Song of Fire and Ice by the end of summer.

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    May 11, 2012
  7. I just finished reading “The Secret Life of Bees” – and I rather enjoyed it 🙂

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    May 11, 2012
  8. I’m taking a break from fiction and reading Quite: The Power of Introverts in a World That Can’t Stop Talking (Susan Cain). This is very generous of you and an excellent way to build conversation as well.

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    May 11, 2012
  9. Catherine #

    ‘The Boy in the Striped Pajamas” by John Boyne

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    May 11, 2012
  10. I’m reading The Book Thief by Markus Zusak and just finished Howards End Is on the Landing (perhaps a new feat for when you’re done with the Time’s list – she lists the 40 books she would keep if she only had 40 for the rest of her life among the others she lists).

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    May 11, 2012
    • I LOVED The Book Thief! Amazing novel.

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      May 11, 2012
      • I’m enjoying it so far. Roughly half way through. It’s not quite what I expected, not that that’s a bad thing.

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        May 11, 2012
  11. I’m reading “The Restaurant at the End of the Universe” right now. Good old Douglas Adams!

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    May 11, 2012
  12. I am reading two books:
    Next Generation Leader, by Andy Stanley.
    And
    The Count of Monte Cristo, by Alexander Dumas.

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    May 11, 2012
  13. Kathryn Frances #

    I’m reading “Radical”. It’s really challenging and I’m surprised it’s grown as popular as it has – this is hard stuff for us (Americans).

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    May 11, 2012
  14. Sam Philliber #

    Just finished the biography of Chris Gardner, The Pursuit of Happyness

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    May 11, 2012
  15. I’m reading Fernando Pessoa,a selection of his writings from a horrible one act play to essays written by his heteronyms (Cairo,Reis, and Campos are the three most developed character heteronyms)about Sensationism, Futurism,Cubanism,Intersectionism etc. in Art and Literary movements esp. in Portugual. Pessoa in order to gather info. about himself would write a letter that informed his teachers from when he was a child of his death. Pessoa would ask, posing as the eulogist,what sort of chracter did his teachers think of him then. Then Pessoa asked,”What did you think about his future?” Pessoa wrote poems also. Pessoa, though off center, wrote the most informed literature that combined in a perpendicular fashion, spirituality, art, and logic. At the center of it all, the focus was sensation feeling a thought before one thinks of it. Absolute genius. Meditation on a wavelength that surpasses and transcends all others. I read the “Book of Disquiet” by him too. One page at a time, cause I could think about that for a year. sorry to go on about it. Truly stunned by a lucky find. Have a good weekend.

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    May 11, 2012
  16. “The Rum Diaries” by Hunter S. Thompson

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    May 11, 2012
  17. I am reading two right now: Uncle Tom’s Cabin by Harriet Beecher Stowe and A Jury of Her Peers: American Women Writers from Anne Bradstreet to Annie Proulx by Elaine Showalter. The latter book inspired the first, as there is a section about Harriet Beecher Stowe. My husband and I also so recently watched Roots and so I am on a bit of an African American kick in my reading right now. I just finished The Souls of Black Folk by W. E. B. DuBois.

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    May 11, 2012
  18. bba #

    I am about to finally start The Pale King by DFW. Haven’t been able to bring myself to read it until now knowing it’s the last new one I’ll get. Sniff.

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    May 11, 2012
  19. bsharbaugh #

    I’m reading “Meeting Evil” by Thomas Berger. Every page makes your head spin.

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    May 11, 2012
  20. Ian McPherson #

    I’m just about to finish Open City by Teju Cole

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    May 11, 2012
  21. Kathy #

    Reading the comments above my entry seems quite lame … I’m currently reading Mockingjay – third and last of the Hunger Games series. I’m anxious to finish it so I can move on to the growing stack on my bedside table (but also so I can say I did!) but it’s not moving quite as fast as the first and second books did. Guess that means I’m over it, huh? (though I did love the movie)

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    May 11, 2012
    • Is the rest of the series worth reading? I read The Hunger Games and loved it. But I started Catching Fire and just couldn’t get into it. Should I try again? Or should I just stay content with the enjoyment I get out of the first book?

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      May 11, 2012
      • Kathy #

        Oh gee TM … that’s a good question! I had a little trouble getting going on book 2 but finally “got it” and am glad I did, and book 3 is proving to be a little harder even than bk 2, so hopefully I’m at least close to its turning point. That said, neither of these is nearly as all-consuming as the first, at least for me! I realize that’s kind of a non-answer, but all told, I would probably suggest giving bk 2 another try, and if it still doesn’t work for you, just move on?

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        May 11, 2012
  22. Teresa #

    I’m slowly reading both The Corrections and Under the Volcano. Just finished Rereading One Flew Over the Cuckoo’s Nest — which was just as awesome as the first reading of it.

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    May 11, 2012
  23. I am currently finishing up Petals of Blood by Ngugi Wa Thiong’o. A very lush political/social/sensual read.

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    May 11, 2012
  24. Amy #

    I’m Reading The Tiger’s Wife.

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    May 11, 2012
    • How do you like it (so far)? I keep picking that book up at the book store and then putting it back. I can’t decide if I want to read it or not.

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      May 11, 2012
  25. I am reading Mr Midshipman Easy by Captain Marryat. It’s not awfully good but necessary for my dissertation.

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    May 11, 2012
  26. segalini #

    I am reading Lord of the Rings (specifically I’m almost done with the Two Towers), plus I just started “In the Pit With a Lion on a Snowy Day” by Mark Batterson.
    I love this blog–and this was especially fun to see so many book recommendations at once. Thanks for doing it.

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    May 11, 2012
  27. I have two main books right now, Sacre Bleu by Christopher Moore, and Quiet: The Power of Introverts in a World that Can’t Stop Talking by Susan Cain.

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    May 11, 2012
  28. I’ve just started reading Hamlet. I’m hoping it can live up to the rave reviews my friends have given it.

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    May 11, 2012
  29. My physical book is The Distant Hours by Kate Morton. (I just got it from the book fair and couldn’t wait. So that means I set aside Death of the Modern Superhero by Chris Lautsbaugh.) My e-book is The Blind Assassin by Margaret Atwood. Thanks to the review on here!

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    May 11, 2012
    • Please let me know what you think of the Lautsbaugh book – it is on my “purchase” list.

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      May 11, 2012
      • I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE “Death of the Modern Superhero”. You can’t read it without a lot of underlining. It isn’t just changing the way I’m thinking, but the way I’m living.
        Also if you see this on Sunday, it is available for free download from Amazon today.

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        June 3, 2012
    • I loved The Distant Hours, along with Morton’s other two. If you like Kate Morton, you might want to pick up Diane Setterfield’s The Thirteenth Tale.

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      May 11, 2012
      • I have read The Thirteenth Tale and enjoyed it. That’s good news for The Distant Hours. Thanks!

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        May 11, 2012
  30. Jason #

    Blood Meridian by Cormac McCarthy; I just took an interlude to read the new Dark Tower book and postponed my reading of this, so now I’m back to it!

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    May 11, 2012
  31. EddieB #

    Reading Game of Thrones, Book 3… Stephen Kings new Dark Tower offering, The wind through the Keyhole is next for me!!

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    May 11, 2012
  32. Currently reading Jamrach’s Menagerie by Carol Birch.

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    May 11, 2012
  33. I’m splitting my time between three books right now: Jane Austen’s Persuasion, The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy and Age of Persuasion (a nonfiction marketing book). They’re all great in their own ways but after the 24 hour readathon my reading speed seems to be lagging.

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    May 11, 2012
  34. I’ve just started reading To Kill a Mockingbird. It’s been on my to do list for a while and I have a feeling that I’m really going to like it!

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    May 11, 2012
  35. Dominick Sabalos #

    I’m actually reading non-fiction for once, a biography: The Life of William Blake, by Alexander Gilchrist. Though really recreational reading has been put on hold for a few weeks to make way for essays and exams that need doing.

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    May 11, 2012
  36. I just finished Rick Riordan’s newest Kane Chronicles book, The Serpent’s Shadow (I’m a sucker for children’s literature) and am in the middle of How the Mighty Fall by Jim Collins and Inheritance by Christopher Paolioli.

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    May 11, 2012
  37. I’m reading “I, Claudius.” I love Roman history!

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    May 11, 2012
  38. “The Grapes of Wrath” – just started it, and I think I should get extra points for it – surely it is on your list?

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    May 11, 2012
  39. Let’s see, I just finished LIZZ FREE OR DIE (Lizz Winstead) and it was hilarious. I’m just starting NAPLES DECLARED (Benjamin Taylor), and I’m working on THE INNOCENTS ABROAD (Mark Twain) for the #1book140 book club on Twitter.

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    May 11, 2012
  40. I am reading, and enjoying, Never Let Me Go by Kazuo Ishiguro. I was pointed to this book by this blog, so thank you very much!!

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    May 11, 2012
  41. yearningtoread #

    I’m currently reading Anna Karenina, The Night Circus, and Glamorous Illusions. 🙂 Thanks for this giveaway! I love reading your blog. 🙂

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    May 11, 2012
  42. I’ve just finished J.M. Coetzee’s ‘Foe’, and I’m currently reading Cormac McCarthy’s ‘The Road’. It’s a harrowing read, but pretty great so far.

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    May 11, 2012
    • Love that book and all is referring imagery to mythology.

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      May 11, 2012
  43. The Facts Behind The Helsinki Roccamatios by Yann Martel is the book I am reading now.

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    May 11, 2012
  44. I am reading “Hauntings: Tales of the Supernatural,” a short story collection edited by Henry Mazzeo, published in 1968. The stories are older and completely different from Sci-Fi/Horror/Supernatural story collections written today. A great read, especially for finding it in a stack of old books at a book fair fund raiser for $0.50.

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    May 11, 2012
  45. I am currently reading 2 books actually. They Poured Fire on Us From the Sky for school and 11/23/63 on my own. Both are pretty good i must say.

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    May 11, 2012
  46. Right now I’m re-reading “Farmer Boy” by Laura Ingalls Wilders. I LOVED this series as a kid and just got my hands on the books to re-read. I’m also kind of reading “Incredibly Close and Extremely Loud” by Jonathan Safran Foer, though I’m having trouble keeping interested in it.

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    May 11, 2012
  47. sylviemarieheroux #

    I am leaving for a short vacation in Sweden next week and to prepare for this trip, I have been reading a bunch of Swedish authors. So right now, I have the following in progress (I can never read only one book at a time…): Per Olov Enquist “Lewi’s Journey”, Klas Ostergren “Gentlemen”, and Kerstin Ekman “Blackwater”.

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    May 11, 2012
  48. I was reading A Feast For Crows, Game of Thrones number 4 BUT today I finally got my pre-order copy of Bring Up The Bodies by Hilary Mantel, so as soon as I’ve had my supper I am starting that!

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    May 11, 2012
  49. The Fellowship of the Ring by J.R.R.Tolkien (for the first time :)) and Master and Margarita by Mikhail Bulgakov.

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    May 11, 2012
  50. Currently reading
    The Rough Guide to Andalucia
    Ciao Bella by Helena Firth Powell
    Alleluia America by Carole Coleman
    The Prehistoric Archaeology of Ireland by John Waddell
    with The Life of Pi on the back burner – can’t seem to get into it at the minute.
    Just finished The Dwarves by Markus Heitz – not bowled over by it.
    I am torn between the need for another fantasy book to fill in the mix and finishing what I have open (even the ones that are like two pounds of mind toffee). Or perhaps an old western. This comment reminds me of a Zane Gray that I have somewhere – well, that sorts that. Thank you 101 Books, its been years since I remembered that book.

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    May 11, 2012
  51. I just started reading Sarah’s Key By Tatiana de Rosnay.

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    May 11, 2012
  52. Tom Wolfe’s “The Right Stuff”

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    May 11, 2012
  53. Carly #

    I’m working on An American Tragedy by Theodore Dreiser

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    May 11, 2012
  54. Hannah #

    I just started Snow by Orhan Pamuk, and I’ve been reading Crazy Love by Francis Chan.

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    May 11, 2012
    • I read My Name is Red by Pamuk a few weeks ago and loved it. I love his grasp of culture and history.

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      May 11, 2012
  55. Kathy #

    Embarrassed to say I am reading Atlas Shrugged (it’s pretty horrible) because I have never read it and I think I should. Strange one to follow my last, The Autobiography of Malcolm X. Which was a revelation and also pretty discouraging, considering how little has changed in nearly 50 years.

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    May 11, 2012
  56. Donald Maass’ The Breakout Novelist. Or–wait–does my own manuscript count?

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    May 11, 2012
  57. Beckie #

    I’m currently reading ‘Before I Go To Sleep’ by S.J. Watson, and on my Kindle ‘Northanger Abbey’ by Jane Austen (book 3 out of 6 that I’ve read by Austen, I will read all of her novels!)

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    May 11, 2012
    • You should read all of Austen’s novels! It’s been awhile since I have read them all, but I remember each one having a different air about it. I enjoyed them all.

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      May 11, 2012
  58. I am reading your blog.

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    May 11, 2012
  59. I have present been reading a book called Cloudstreet by TimWinton. Found it a very amusing down to earth Aussie type noval envoling a couple of familys living in a a old house that apparently Haunted you dont hear very much on the haunting of the house becouse there is so much going on in Cloudstreet. My part I love the most is the disability boy in the story on how they care for him and the story of how it got the disabilty.

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    May 11, 2012
  60. I’m currently reading W.P. Kinsella’s Butterfly Winter and am enjoying it in spite of my lack of enthusiasm for baseball.

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    May 11, 2012
  61. Emma Semple #

    I’m currently reading The Pact by Jodi Picoult. I own it, so it’s about the 4th time I’ve read it, but the suspense and drama of the story get me every time. It’s a book I think I will always love.

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    May 11, 2012
  62. I’m reading Bestiario by Julio Cortázar. And I live in Nashville, so you wouldn’t even have to mail them to me : )

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    May 11, 2012
  63. I’m reading “Tales of La Alhambra” by Washington Irving, which I picked up while I was visiting Granada at the beginning of April! Very interesting so far…

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    May 11, 2012
  64. Just finished reading Faust Part 1 by Goethe, and am currently reading Estrella Distante by Roberto Bolaño and that’s very generous of you. I enjoy your criticisms very much, I learn a lot from you.

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    May 11, 2012
  65. I’m reading C.S. Lewis “Screwtape Letters,” and “The Count of Monte Cristo.” This is genuinely kind, thank you Robert.~ Deborah

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    May 12, 2012
  66. Currently reading Divergent by Veronica Roth.

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    May 12, 2012
  67. Currently reading In a Free State by V S Naipaul which won the Man Booker prize in 1971. It’s set in an African state (believed to be Amin’s Uganda) and features two British settlers who are driving home from a conference in the capital back to their settlement – all around them the new President’s army conducts their hunt for enemies to the new regime. It’s a claustrophobic atmosphere in which the actual journey has a parallel in the journey of understanding the two characters experience. It reminds me of Heart of Darkness in many ways.

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    May 12, 2012
  68. I just finished reading The Age of Miracles by Karen Thompson Walker and today I started reading The Fever Tree by Jennifer McVeigh.

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    May 12, 2012
  69. shofing9 #

    I am reading “Take this bread” by Sarah Miles.

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    May 12, 2012
  70. Reed #

    I’m reading The Power and the Glory by Graham Greene. I’m almost done with it, next is Under the Volcano by Malcolm Lowry

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    May 12, 2012
  71. Right now I’m reading The Grapes of Wrath by John Steinbeck, Genius Squad by Catherine Jinks, and I’m reading Ready Player One by Ernest Cline aloud to my husband when we drive places.

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    May 12, 2012
  72. Barbara #

    Since I just got back from a vacation in Victoria, BC, I’m reading all the Stanley Evans “Seaweed” mysteries. I’m halfway through #3… “Seaweed Under Water”.

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    May 12, 2012
  73. lerprendergast #

    “The Tragedy of Arthur” by Arthur Phillips.

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    May 12, 2012
  74. Suzanne C #

    I’m reading “How To Be a Woman” by Caitlin Moran 🙂

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    May 13, 2012
  75. mendramarie #

    The last book I finished was “The Sisters Brothers” by Patrick DeWitt, and my next one is going to be either “Arthur and George” by Julian Barnes or “Swamplandia!” by Karen Russell. [Both of those will be read “next” but I’m not sure which one is going to grab me first.]

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    May 13, 2012
  76. Oh, I missed this by an hour. Anyway, I am currently reading The Land of Green Plums by Herta Muller. It is quite slow, but the sentences are beautiful.

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    May 13, 2012
  77. bomalabs #

    I’m currently reading “The Power of Now” by Eckhart Tolle. I had to re-read sentences for it to sink in haha 🙂

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    May 13, 2012
  78. I’m currently reading “Are You Experienced?- by William Sutcliffe.

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    May 14, 2012
  79. I’m reading 1Q84 by Haruki Murakami! 🙂

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    May 14, 2012
  80. novelreading #

    I’m currently reading Breakfast at Tiffany’s by Truman Capote. (Very kind of you to give some of your books away – will you not be sad to lose them though?)

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    May 14, 2012
    • Oh, I’ll be keeping my copies and buying new ones for the winner.

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      May 14, 2012
  81. I am reading Home To Big Stone Gap By Adriana Trigiani.

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    May 14, 2012
  82. Well I don’t know what time it is in the USA. so I’m hoping my comment is still valid. But anyway, I’m reading Treasure Island by Robert Louis Stevenson for my Children’s Literature Class. Nice blog!

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    May 14, 2012
  83. Well forget it, in my city it’s a holiday, so in my mind it was still Monday… lol

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    May 14, 2012
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